John Ridley, who lives in Los Angeles, is the author of four highly regarded novels, and a former producer on NBC's "Third Watch. He wrote and produced the film "Undercover Brother, wrote the story for "Three Kings, and wrote and directed "Cold Around the Heart. His novel "Stray Dogs was made into the movie "U Turn, directed by Oliver Stone. He is also a regular commentator for National Public Radio. "From the Hardcover edition.